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Lipponen: Improve the quality of legislation

 

Paavo Lipponen, the Speaker of the Finnish Parliament, began by stating that the European Parliament and national parliaments were partners as long as each understood its role correctly. He too declared himself in favour of providing more opportunities for national parliaments to influence European legislation. However, that should not lead to the creation of more obstacles in an already complex decision-making system.

He too, like Mr Borrell, was of the opinion that subsidiarity mechanisms are political tools and must not be a legal construct. Often criticism of European legislation did not refer to subsidiarity but to the quality of the legislation. Thus for the last ten years the Finnish parliament had been examining whether infringement of the subsidiarity principle existed, but this opinion had not been reached in a single case. There was however regular criticism that the laws are too detailed.

Lipponen commented that the Constitutional Convention had not made any suggestions for returning competences to the national level. Therefore he took up the cudgels for better quality in the legislative process and for more comprehensible language. The result should be clear and consistent laws. It served no purpose to make complicated Commission proposals even more complicated. At any rate, the Union should not issue any regulation if one could achieve the same goal using a directive. This way the individual countries would have more leeway.

 

Datum: 20.04.2006